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Nov 9, 2006 06:11 PM

The Best Samosa in Toronto

OK, we have done bagels. Now it is time for another tasty treat: Samosas!!

Surati Sweet Mart on Gerrard has fantastic ones. They are a little greasy, but sooo tasty. In typical Toronto fashion, I discovered these ones when stuck in a car with transgendered guy from the beaches, carpooling to a bar mitzvah (which is where I first discovered Gryfe's).

There are also some good baked ones (healthy) in a place called The Pastry Shop on Kingston Rd.

What are your favourites?

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  1. Sultan of Samosas on O'Connor just south of Vic. Park/Eglinton. FYI, they don't have the traditional dough. Instead they have a sheet dough that is wrapped around the filling much like phyllo is in making spanikopita. I like it better -- but, it is different.

    I particularly like their lentil (with lots of cumin -- the only flavour actually spicy), the mutton (with peas and cilantro), Spinach and cheese (paaneer), and potato and cheese (cheddar I think and a touch of cumin -- excellent with tamarind). The rest of the flavours are also good. The only odd one is the chicken which ahs enough ginger to give it an almost chinese taste.

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    1. re: Atahualpa

      OK. This is the place at Sunrise and O'Connor. I see it all the time. So it is worth stopping there. Thanks for the tip.

      1. re: Tasty Tater

        I stopped there tonight. I had the chicken, veggie, and spinach and cheese.

        I enjoyed them, but was not bowled over. The were certainly better than average. They are pretty small, and relatively expensive.

        If you haven't had the Surati ones, you need to check them out to understand the yardstick I am using; they are tastier, much bigger, and less expensive (but only come in veggie).

        As for The Sultan, I will go back. Certainly worth eating more. Thanks for the tip.

      2. re: Atahualpa

        Sorry, I hate this place.. poor samosas IMO.

        1. re: NovoCuisine

          Really? Why? Fillings, dough, or prep? Not that you don't have a right to your opinion! But, they get good billing in several previous postings.


          1. re: Atahualpa

            I don't like the dough. They seem more like savoury pastries than samosas.

            1. re: NovoCuisine

              Poor samosas???

              Is there really such a thing??


          2. re: NovoCuisine

            Me too. One time I drove all the way from Etobicoke, stood in the line up for a half hour and was very disappointed. I know my samosas and I will never go back. Its cheal but not flavourful. I would rather pay $1 each for very good samosas than get 5 not so good ones for a dollar.

          1. re: AmandaEd

            Agreed. Samosa King wins for sheer value. Excellent quality vegetarian samosas - 5 for a dollar. No other flavours, sadly. But the veggie ones are soooo good. They are dangerous to have in your car -- last time I bought 30 and ate about 8 of them on the way home.

          2. Is Samosa King the place at Middlefield and Sheppard(?)? If so, they're pretty good, but small. The best, imho, are from the Singh Supermarket (where they have a 'Crispy Pizza' sign), on Abion Rd. east of Hwy 27. 4 for $1, and stuffed with delicious, spicy veg. Great sauces, too.

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            1. re: Yongeman

              Is this location a supplier or a restaurant? I'm looking for a supplier. Thanks to anyone who can help me with this and in the northern end of Toronto, if possible. Thanks again. This is a great web sight.

              1. re: Smilie

                Well, they are prepared on the site and in sight, deep fried in a huge pan in batches of 50 or so. Then the samosas are sold at the checkout of the store. You can call ahead to order larger batches.
                I see that I made a typo when I wrote, 'Albion Road' in the previous post (almost 5 years ago). I think that this address is more accurate:
                Singh Food Center
                1729 Albion Road,
                Telephone: (416) 741-1212‎

            2. Samosa King, North east corner of Middlefield and Finch.
              end of debate :)

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              1. re: Suresh

                I like the ones from Mistaan Catering, but I can't remember the exact street address. Off Victoria Park same plaza as Hickory House restaurant. Around Finch.... They are very fat and well seasoned, lovely pastry.

                1. re: Lipant

                  I second this!

                  Mistaan Sweets has the best samosas. Hands down. I've tried many in my day.

                  Samosa King is good, but it's not as good as Mistaan Sweets.

                  They carry the large, stuffed with potato/peas, with an amazing tamarind sauce that you have to ask for - they don't include it. The service is kind of stuffy over there too - 'cause they know they can be. The samosas are that good. Their sweets are yummy too.

                  They're at 460 McNicoll Avenue, Toronto (Vic Park and McNicoll)

                  -Foodhogger (man, i have to get back there and review this's on my list!!!)

                2. re: Suresh

                  What kind of filling do they have?

                  1. re: baby_tran

                    If you're asking about Samosa King, they only have the standard potato filling. But they are very, very good.

                3. I love the samosa's at Simba Grill on Donlands Ave. I'm constantly craving them - either the beef or the vegetable ones. They're both great!

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                  1. re: sierramum

                    What else would you recommend at Simba Grill besides the samosas? Simba Grill has been on my "must try" list for a while, hopefully I'll be able to try them out soon!

                    1. re: spaetzle

                      Going to Simba Grill is like eating in a friends kitchen(if that friend lives in Tanzania!)You would do well to let the owner guide you, they are extremely friendly and helpful. We tried way too much!
                      Liked Daal Bhaji, Channa Bateta, and some other appetizers they recommended. For mains we had beef ribs and you have to try Ugali,served with your choice of curry(we liked the coconut chicken. They have really interesting soft drinks: lichee, pomegranate,some berry mixtures. All in all very enjoyable, but definitely not fancy.

                      1. re: Leslieville

                        spaetzle, go along with what Leslieville suggested. The first time we ordered there (we live just a couple streets away so we don't eat there) my hubby ordered just what he'd order at an Indian restaurant. Bad move. This is an African place so go with their specialties. I love that you can order samosas by the dozen for an excellent price! Also, they sell snacks in clear plastic containers. I don't know what it's called but the mixed snack (kinda' like a trail mix) is sooooo good. I couldn't stop eating it, lol!